Gambling revenue dips at Crown Perth as visitor numbers fall
Gambling revenue at Perth's only casino has fallen more than 10%, while visitor numbers have continued to decline, according to statistics provided by the West Australian Government.
While Crown Perth made $742 million through gambling in the 2015/16 financial year, the figure represented an 11% fall on the $835 million it made in 2014/15.
The information was contained in the Western Australian Gaming and Wagering Commission's annual report, which also revealed a 3% drop in the number of patrons attending the Burswood venue.
The casino's attendance was 8.1 million in 2015/16, down from 8.3 million in 2014/15, and 8.5 million in the financial year prior to that.
Despite the sharp drop in gaming revenue, Crown paid $5 million more in casino tax for 2015/16 than it did the year prior.
The Western Australian Government raised $64.8 million in casino tax last financial year.
Baccarat was the casino's biggest source of revenue despite a 14% decline in takings from the game, favoured by high rollers, to $329 million.
There was also a fall in electronic gaming revenue to $278 million.
Western Australia's total gambling expenditure for the year was $1.5 billion, which equated to a per capita expenditure of $794, or a $22 per person increase since 2014/15.
That per capita expenditure was greater than South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory but lower than all other states.
Crown Perth is approved to operate a maximum of 320 table games and 2,400 electronic gaming machines.
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